Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate;
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
“Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?”
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others will not feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine as children do.
We are born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just some of us; it is all of us.
As we let our own light shine, we give others permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others from their fear.
May we all give ourselves permission to shine today so that the truth is reflected in all of us.
1994 Inauguration Speech
Most people live their lives in mediocrity without asking themselves, “How can I make a difference in this world?” Admittedly, it is natural to think that we need to attain a high level of education, skills, maturity, financial status, etc. in order to make a great impact. There is always a nagging thought at the back of our minds that the great leaders of the world have something special in them which common folks like us do not and will never have.
Yet we forget that these great leaders were once common people like us. What made them ‘special’ was the belief that they have the innate ability to effect change on a global scale. It is up to us to believe that we can effect change, we can do the extraordinary, we can be great too! Just as what Nelson Mandela said in his speech, there is absolutely no reason why we cannot be impact players in the world we live in. The reason is simple: as long as we believe we can, we will shape our reality.
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